Emma Sabzalieva

Emma Sabzalieva
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization | UNESCO · UNESCO International Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Although the idea of the world-class university is not a new one, it has become increasingly commonplace in public policies around the globe, also gaining traction in states outside the global ‘core’. Kazakhstan, the only Central Asian member of the European Higher Education Area, is no exception as it too aspires to have a world-class university....
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The impetus for universities to engage – to reach out, share, and exchange knowledge – with the communities around them is not a new phenomenon, but one that has gathered salience and speed in recent years (Watson, 2007; Hall, 2009; Davis, 2016). University engagement takes place in a range of dimensions within the global-national-regional-local sp...
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Largely unknown to most of the world, Kyrgyzstan has a flourishing higher education (HE) sector, with more universities per head than other countries with similar populations. Kyrgyzstan is also a major regional importer of international students in Central Asia. This paper opens up this understudied country in three ways: first, through a brief an...
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There is growing attention to science diplomacy among scholars, policymakers, and scientific associations around the world. However, there continues to be contestation around the concept of science diplomacy, currently framed alternately as a new understanding of diplomacy, part of the global challenges discourse, central to the internationalizatio...
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The Russian-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) and China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) intersect and overlap in Central Asia at the heart of Eurasia. Whereas the literature has commonly focused on the economic aspects of these major regional policy initiatives, efforts to create a common Eurasian higher education space through these regionalisms...
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This study builds upon the literature documenting gender disparities in science by investigating research productivity and recognition among elite scientists in three countries. This analysis departs from both the general comparison of researchers across organizational settings and academic appointments on one hand, and the definition of "elite" by...
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This paper examines policy responses in higher education in the months of March and April 2020 during the rapid unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic. The purpose is to map responses and compare levels of coordination between three actors—the Canadian federal government, the Ontario provincial government, and Ontario’s publicly funded colleges and uni...
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The fall of the Soviet Union in 1991 heralded not only the creation and opening of borders but also the rapid entry of new actors and ideas into this previously isolated part of the world. This is typified by dramatic increases in the number of international research collaborations involving an ever-growing array of actors. Yet instead of pluralizi...
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Abstract: Following the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, vast ideological and physical spaces opened in the newly (re-) independent states for the introduction of alternative ideas into social institutions, that is, complex social forms that satisfy the needs of the many and/or support a social system (Turner 1997) such as education, health/welfar...
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As the number of globally mobile students has expanded, governments are assumed to be consistently and intentionally competing for talent, in what has been called a “great brain race”. While the notion of competition has become dominant, there is little evidence on long-term policy dynamics in this field, not only across jurisdictions but also over...
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Universities around the world are increasingly seeking to establish partnerships with higher education institutions in Central Asia. This article, written by a British higher education practitioner, builds on the author’s research into higher education in the UK and in Central Asia by exploring some of the key benefits and drawbacks of such partner...

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The project examines the ways in which national policies and practices related to university-based research have evolved from the common starting point in former Soviet countries over the course of the last three decades. Of all domains constituting higher education, research is the most internationalised one, and research capacity is often seen as one of the central factors that affect university’s reputation among students and academics, as well as among the wider public locally, nationally, regionally, and globally. It also largely determines university’s standing in global rankings. At present, the only institutions of higher education from post-Soviet Eurasia that appear in the top positions in global rankings are Russian universities. This project starts by mapping out institutional policies and practices pertaining to research and the environment that supports research, and the ways in which these are linked to research governance and funding models at universities in post-Soviet countries. We examine how HEIs balance their education, research, and public engagement missions; how and in what ways this balance has been determined by national and institutional policies; how political realities have driven policies pertaining to research in each country and how these policies have constrained/supported research capacity development at universities; how research capacity has been framed at national and institutional levels; how and in what ways internationalization of higher education has contributed to the research capacity at universities; and finally, how the conditions of coloniality (Soviet and Western) shaped the hierarchies of knowledge/geopolitics of knowledge production and research capacity development trajectories at HEIs. The ultimate question the project addresses is to what extent have universities in former Soviet countries internalised their research mission and developed the capacity to carry out this mission in a sustainable way. https://uni.hse.ru/en/postsoviet_researchcapacity